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rigour

[rig-er] /ˈrɪg ər/
noun, Chiefly British.
1.

rigor

[rig-er] /ˈrɪg ər/
noun
1.
strictness, severity, or harshness, as in dealing with people.
2.
the full or extreme severity of laws, rules, etc.
3.
severity of living conditions; hardship; austerity:
the rigor of wartime existence.
4.
a severe or harsh act, circumstance, etc.
5.
scrupulous or inflexible accuracy or adherence:
the logical rigor of mathematics.
6.
severity of weather or climate or an instance of this:
the rigors of winter.
7.
Pathology. a sudden coldness, as that preceding certain fevers; chill.
8.
Physiology. a state of rigidity in muscle tissues during which they are unable to respond to stimuli due to the coagulation of muscle protein.
9.
Obsolete. stiffness or rigidity.
Also, especially British, rigour.
Origin of rigor
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English rigour < Latin rigor stiffness, equivalent to rig(ēre) to be stiff + -or -or1
Synonyms
1. inflexibility, stringency. 4. cruelty.
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Examples from the Web for rigour
Historical Examples
  • He threatens with all the rigour of the law those who dare to give his wife an asylum.

  • But here was the man who, by every rigour of conventional life, had a right to her.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • With November winter fell upon the land in all its sub-Arctic rigour.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • He was penetrated by it, absorbed by it; he was rooted in it with a rigour of dumb attention.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • It was a snowy and sleety April morning, and she had already had experience of its rigour. '

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Henry softened the rigour of his collaborator's pen in something like half an hour.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • To grapple with this rigour one should have fed all one's life on blubber.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • She told her story with sense and straightness, her frenzy subdued by the day's rigour.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • The rich classes by turning day into night avoid much of its rigour.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • The failure of the rising only increased the rigour of the law.

British Dictionary definitions for rigour

rigour

/ˈrɪɡə/
noun
1.
harsh but just treatment or action
2.
a severe or cruel circumstance; hardship: the rigours of famine
3.
strictness, harshness, or severity of character
4.
strictness in judgment or conduct; rigorism
5.
(maths, logic) logical validity or accuracy
6.
(obsolete) rigidity
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rigor

rigor

/ˈraɪɡɔː; ˈrɪɡə/
noun
1.
(med) a sudden feeling of chilliness, often accompanied by shivering: it sometimes precedes a fever
2.
(pathol) (ˈrɪɡə). rigidity of a muscle; muscular cramp
3.
a state of rigidity assumed by some animals in reaction to sudden shock
4.
the inertia assumed by some plants in conditions unfavourable to growth
Word Origin
see rigour
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Word Origin and History for rigour
n.

chiefly British English spelling of rigor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

rigor

n.

late 14c., from Old French rigor "strength, hardness" (13c., Modern French rigueur), from Latin rigorem (nominative rigor) "numbness, stiffness, hardness, firmness; roughness, rudeness," from rigere "be stiff" (see rigid).

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rigour in Medicine

rigor rig·or (rĭg'ər)
n.

  1. See rigidity.

  2. Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.

  3. A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli.

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